Woolf in the World: A Pen and a Press of Her Own
Vanessa Bell designed the dust jacket for Woolf’s tenth and final novel. It was completely written, though not revised, at the time of her death in 1941. The manuscript was prepared for press by Leonard Woolf. According to the blurb on the dust jacket: “The scene is an English village, and the action takes place on a single summer’s day when the local pageant is produced.”
The Death of the Moth And Other Essays is the first posthumously published collection of Woolf’s essays. Vanessa Bell’s dust jacket design shows the great elm tree, under which Virginia Woolf’s ashes are buried, just outside the garden at Monk’s House. Woolf’s signature essay, “The Death of the Moth,” describes the beauty of life as a dying moth fights to right itself: “Again, somehow, one saw life, a pure bead.” The essay also describes the beauty of death:
Presented by Frances Hooper ’14.